Monthly Archives: April 2010

Call to (Register) Arms!

The effort to save the gun registry continues.

The CFUW is launching a new campaign, “Call to (Register) Arms”. Members are encouraged to call their MP and continue to highlight how important the gun registry is to public safety!

To find how your MP voted on Bill C-391 click here.

Is your MP one of the opposition members to vote for this bill? Click here to find phone numbers, scripts and talking points to make your call easier!

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More on Financial Literacy!

PROMOTING FINANCIAL LITERACY IN CANADA

CFUW Moncton

The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) and CFUW Moncton strongly support the promotion of financial literacy in Canada.  Members of the CFUW voting body adopted the following policy at the national Annual General Meeting of CFUW in Winnipeg (Manitoba) in August 2009:

RESOLVED, That “Financial Literacy” be recognized as an essential life-skill that includes amongst its critical components

  1. Financial knowledge and understanding,
  2. Financial skills and competence,
  3. Financial decision-making responsibility,
  4. Understanding credit and money management,
  5. Understanding taxes, pensions and benefits and savings,
  6. Understanding the legal and financial implications of one’s civil status.

RESOLVED, That the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) strongly support the immediate development and implementation of a national strategy for financial literacy, with public consultation.

RESOLVED, That CFUW urge the federal, provincial and territorial governments to allocate resources to the promotion and implementation of a financial literacy program to be delivered to adults of all ages and all circumstances by government agencies, employers and not-for-profit community organizations.

CFUW Moncton is an organization of more than 50 graduate women from the Moncton area. Along with three (3) other Clubs in New Brunswick (representing close to 150 women), CFUW Moncton is affiliated with the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), a national voluntary, non-partisan, non-profit, self-funded, organization of 10,000 women graduates, associate members and students in Canada.  CFUW is the largest national affiliate of the 79-member International Federation of University Women (IFUW), is working to raise the social, economic, educational and legal status of women and girls, and has supported equality rights for women since 1919.

Therefore, issues that are of concern to all CFUW members, are discussed in CFUW Clubs across Canada and again at the CFUW AGM.  CFUW resolutions come from the grassroots of the organization and are the result of extensive research, debate, and commitment.  When these resolutions are adopted they become CFUW policy.

Over 10,000 women of all ages in Canada think that immediate action should be taken to put in place a financial literacy program for Canadian families.  “The stakes have never been higher.  As families struggle to make ends meet, consumer debt has exploded” mainly due to “lack of fundamental skills” and bad financial decisions.

Background: We thank you for reading our submission.  We hope that results of your consultations will prompt the Government of Canada to recognize Financial Literacy as indispensable for all Canadians, and to allocate resources for the promotion and implementation of a Financial Literacy program.

Maternal Health

The recent decision of the Harper government to not include Abortion in their Maternal Health Initiative puts women’s lives at risk.

Access to safe abortion services and to contraception could prevent up to 40 percent of maternal deaths worldwide (United Nations, 2009). Lack of access can force women to continue with unsafe or rape/incest-initiated pregnancies or to use unsafe abortion services. More than 20 million unsafe abortions are performed yearly in countries where abortion services are not legal or where access is restricted. The Guttmacher Institute found that 13 percent of maternal deaths, or 70,000 women, occur yearly from the complications of unsafe abortions and another 5 million women are hospitalized. Women will continue to seek abortions. Yet 13 per cent of maternal deaths worldwide can be prevented by providing and funding safe and accessible abortion services.

Women’s access to safe abortion and to contraception is about the right to health care and about their right to make choices.  Reproductive rights are women’s human rights. Funding for abortion is both sound health policy, and a matter of human rights for half the world’s population.

The CFUW calls upon Minster Oda, and Prime Minister Harper to stop playing ideological games with women’s lives, and promote comprehensive maternal health for women in the developing world.